Greater Washington Area Chapter Women Lawyers Division National Bar Association (GWAC)

GWAC is a network of African-American women attorneys dedicated to the professional development of its members. We are committed to improving the quality of life in the Greater Washington D.C. area through a variety of activities, including educational programs and community service projects.

2016 - 2017 President's Welcome Message
Alicia McNeal, Esq., President

Greetings, I am both humbled and excited to serve as GWAC's President for the 2016-2017 bar year.  Over the past forty years, GWAC has shaped the legal experience for African-American female attorneys in the Greater Washington DC area.  From fighting for equality to providing education and opportunity, GWAC has always had a positive impact in the legal community.  As more African-American female attorneys enter the profession, GWAC will continue to foster and sustain a viable presence in the legal profession by providing educational and networking opportunities to ensure their success.

The theme of this bar year will be, Expanding the GWAC Brand.  This initiative will be accomplished through various panel discussions, community service projects, leadership training and interactive events.  As African-American female attorneys, it is important to not only promote professional growth but also to assist younger generations of African-American female attorneys to grow and succeed within this profession. Moreover, GWAC will focus on promoting a work/life balance.  The practice of law is a highly stressful practice and I believe it is important to create and sustain a balance.  Throughout the bar year, GWAC will host artistic and fitness networking opportunities for our members, friends, and the Greater Washington DC area legal community.   

GWAC is an organization that stands at the forefront of change within the legal community and this new bar year will be no different.  Please take the time to peruse our website and learn more about our organization.  Look at our calendar of events for various activities that you can be a part of, and if you are not already a member, please visit our membership page and join today.  

Upcoming Events


October 22, 2016
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Washington Center for Aging Services
2601 18th St., N.E.,
Washington, DC 20018.

Come serve our community while having fun with some of its wisest members

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Black Lives Matter Town Hall Forum

October 26, 2016
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Panelist will include local attorneys, law enforcement, policy makers, and community activist

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Catalyst Network Foundation, Inc - Resume Writing Workshop

October 29, 2016
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Howard University- Frederick Douglass Memorial Hall
2419 6th St., NW
Washington, DC 20059

RSVP to Volunteer

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Sisters in the Law- Sip and Stroke Networking Event

October 29, 2016
6:45 PM to 9:00 PM

Merlot's Art
1512 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Come paint a Halloween inspired Starry Night and networking with other law students and lawyers in the Washington DC area.

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GWAC Service at the Central Union Mission

November 09, 2016
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Central Union Mission
65 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

limited number of spaces available, RSVP ASAP

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Minority Flight

November 14, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

White & Case, LLP
701 13th Street, NW #600
Washington, DC 20005

Why Women of Color are Leaving Law Firms and How to Turn the Tide

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NBA International Affiliates Meeting

May 07, 2017
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Two international cities

Dubai and India,

Incredible Dubai and India Destinations

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District of Columbia General Election
Nov 8, 2016
Early Voting: Oct 22, 2016 to Nov 4, 2016


Voter Registration Deadline

Tue Oct 11, 2016
Email by Sun Oct 9, 2016
Postmarked by Sun Oct 9, 2016
Election Day Registration & Voting Tue Nov 8, 2016



Virginia General Election
Nov 8, 2016
Early Voting: Not available


Voter Registration Deadline

Mon Oct 17, 2016
Request For Absentee Ballot: In-Person Request by Sat Nov 5, 2016 5:00PM EDT
Absentee Ballot Deadline: Tue Nov 8, 2016 




Maryland General Election
Nov 8, 2016
Early Voting: Oct 27, 2016 to Nov 3, 2016


Voter Registration Deadline

Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:00PM EDT
Postmarked by Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:00PM EDT
Request For Absentee Ballot: Request for Online Ballot by Fri Nov 4, 2016 5:00PM EDT
Absentee Ballot Deadline: Received by Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:00AM EST


 Click here to view our year of activities and events


2016 Judicial Reception with Keynote Speaker 
The Honorable Denise Wilson-Taylor
hosted by Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.